“Dark and Compelling…”

From Publishers Weekly (Starred review):

The bill for lies told decades earlier comes due for Kate Cranbrook, the complex narrator of Buhmann’s superior debut. In 1986, while Kate was a college student at Sweet Briar in western Virginia, she was raped and witnessed a murder. Kate’s eyewitness testimony convicts a man who’s released more than 20 years later based on DNA evidence. The development isn’t a complete surprise to Kate, who has lived with the knowledge that she perjured herself. Her life since the trial has been a disappointment, and her social life is limited by her possessive and creepy father, Pop, who keeps her on a tight leash. That constraint becomes even more difficult to bear when Kate, who works as a landscaper, falls for a gardener, Tony, and hopes she has found the love of her life. Things don’t go smoothly, and more blood is shed along the way to a jaw-dropping, but logical, climax that will make veteran mystery readers eager for more of Buhmann’s work.

Praise for Lay Death at Her Door:

“If you like dark and compelling mysteries, don’t miss this fine first novel. I’d put it on a par with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl…” ~Adrienne LaCave, author of No One Can Know

“…it surprised me the way The Sixth Sense or The Usual Suspects did…” ~NYT Bestselling author Kate Moretti

“Buhmann’s storytelling is in a class with Lolita.” ~The Chaotic Reader

Bestseller: AMAZON TOP 100 – NOOK TOP TEN

Twenty years ago, Kate Cranbrook’s eyewitness testimony sent the wrong man to prison for rape and murder.  When new evidence exonerates him, Kate says that in the darkness and confusion, she must have mistaken her attacker’s identity.

She is lying.

Kate would like nothing better than to turn her back on the past, but she is trapped in a stand-off with the real killer. When a body turns up on her doorstep, she resorts to desperate measures to free herself once and for all from a secret that is ruining her life.

What readers say about Lay Death at Her Door:

“This book haunted me long after I finished it.”

“The ending was the biggest mind f*** I never saw coming. Totally. Awesome!”

“A well written, unpredictable story. You’ll love it.”


“Best Mystery”

Big Al’s Books & Pals 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards: Mystery Nominee

Named “Best Mystery” in the 2012 Houston Writer’s Guild Genre Contest (under the title The Made-Up Man), Lay Death at Her Door is a dark and compelling stand-alone murder mystery that will appeal to readers who enjoy books by Gillian Flynn and SJ Watson.

“The last twenty pages of the book have more twists than a bag of pretzels. The true appeal of the book, though, is in witnessing the disintegration of an obsessive personality…like the train wreck you can’t help but watch…Buhmann’s storytelling is in a class with Lolita.” –The Chaotic Reader

From a Top-1000 Amazon reviewer:

“…each new revelation changed my perception of where the story was going, right up
to the very end. A well written, unpredictable story. You’ll love it.” –Big Al (five stars)